Atlanta Hawks: Top 5 Shooting Guards of All-Time

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Apr 22, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Shelvin Mack (8) defends Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson (7) during the second quarter of game two of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

The shooting guard. Perhaps the most legendary position in the history of the NBA. Some of the most popular and productive players in basketball played two guard. Names like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Jerry West and Ray Allen.

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There are several types of shooting guards. There is the typical, go-to guy elite scorer, like MJ. There’s a shooting specialist like Ray Allen, or there’s a lockdown defender type like Tony Allen. The type that gets the most recognition are the elite scorers and the elite shooters.

In today’s NBA, the shooting guard position has seen a sudden drop-off. Other than James Harden and Klay Thompson, there seems to be a dearth of elite shooting guards. The game has been taken over by point guards and small forwards. Of course, these things are cyclical. At some point the talent will shift and the NBA will see a replenishing of the shooting guard position.

As for the Atlanta Hawks, this is an organization that has been blessed with several talented shooting guards during their franchise history. Narrowing it down to five was tough, but you’ll notice that it was very top heavy.

The top three are significantly better than the rest of the list. Disagree with our choices? Feel free to leave your selections for the top five shooting guards in Atlanta Hawks history in the comments section.

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